I've owned an FEC-100 before, moved on and sold that for two Gateway Drum smokers, sold one (kept the other), and just got a new PG500! I was pretty impressed with my first cook but was curious on your thoughts with the drastic temp swings.
Long story short, the swings may not matter too much, as I said above... I was pretty impressed with the final product. I intentionally didn't wrap in an effort to get more smoke and a firm bark... I achieved both!
I used Cookshack hickory pellets, initially set LHt/HHt to 10/50 but bumped it up to 15/50 after I got a flame-out about one hour into my cook. Are these temp swings (see attached graph, approx. 198 -280) normal for the LHt/HHt settings I used?
I've tried LHt/HHt set to 15/30, but don't seem to get as much visible smoke and there is still a pretty noticeable temp swing (set @ 225 and ranging from 208-250).
The ambient temperature for both was approx. 78 degrees.
FYI... the smoker was set to 200 but my temp probe (and meat) was placed in Zone 3.